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Collingswood SAT JUL 14

Summer Perfection

This one looks too easy to call. Sunny all the way to noon. Temps start in the 70s and climbs to the mid 80s. Humidity gets lower throughout the Market hours. Let’s sell some Jersey Fresh.

CowsInSun


Official Forecast

Here’s the chart from Weather.com

Weather JUL 14


Siteplan for SAT JUL 14

Collingswood Food Business Area: The color coding identifies new Market areas. At “the top” of the plan—the west end, on the Collings Avenue side of the Market—we’ve created space for Collingswood food businesses. Amber Grain Bakery has joined Sara’s Produce, Villa Barone Restaurant, and the new Revelation Cafe (a combination effort between Revolution Roasters and The Constellation Collective).

THE MEAT MARKET: At the “other end” of the plan—the east end at Perkins Art Center—we’ve collected farms that raise livestock, including heritage beef and pork, yak and alpacas, chickens for their meat and eggs, and bison. 


SitePlan JUL 14


Collingswood Foods SAT JUL 14

Collingswood Section. To emphasize our own community’s food economy, at the west end of the Market, Collingswood food businesses have their own new section to promote their contributions to the Borough’s vibrant food scene.

 

Scrumptious

REVELATION CAFÉ! Local food heroes Revolution Roasters and the Constellation Collective have teamed up to form a new food-and-beverage café at the west end of the Market. Pull up a chair in their seating area and enjoy locally-roasted coffee and breakfast treats from the Garden State Culinary Arts just-named “Rising Star Chef” Valentina Fortuna.

For a video scan of the amazing array of goods you would have seen on the Amber Grain Bakery table last week, follow this link. The variety gets better every week, so don’t miss the table on SAT JUL 14.

Villa Barone features their familiar favorite sauces, oils, and olives, tasty zeppolis, and sometimes their own fresh mozzarella.

Sara’s Produce, by special arrangement, is the one source for produce NOT grown in New Jersey. They are mandated to bring us the “exotics” so our shoppers won’t need to go to the supermarket for an avocado to add to Tasty Temptations’ new quesadilla recipe.


Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT JUL 14

Catch them while they’re here!

Laundry Soap

ALL NATURAL LAUNDRY SOAP FROM BARN AND STONE HOUSE

  • Barn and Stone House Soap
    — Not just bar soap. Not just for cleansing. Stop by this attractive table and get yourself some laundry soap or handmade aromatherapy!
  • Charlie’s Crepes
    —For a profile of Charlie’s Crepes by Official Market Blogger Sarah Licata (SaltJar), follow this link. Charlie’s menu changes every week to include seasonal ingredients from our own Market vendors.
  • Inspired Brews Kombucha
    —Nobody does a better job of patronizing local farms to flavor their fermented tea beverages than Inspired Brews. Bring your growler, or ask for a sample pour.
  • Green Plate Cold-Pressed Juices
    — They bring more Jersey Fresh juices every week and sell out every time. Last week they debuted a new juice featuring watermelon. See what they do next.
  • Brookeberry Farms Organic Berries
    — The Jersey Fresh berry season is short and impactful. Get to the stand early to get your organic blueberries, blackberries, raspberries.
  • Woof and Whiskers Pet Biscuits
    — You couldn’t ask for a more wholesome recipe than W and W provides in these tasty treats. Bring your pet to the table for a sample.
  • Weckerly’s Ice Cream
    —This company doesn’t just talk about local, they prove it every week. This week they’ll feature a new black raspberry flavor featuring 100 quarts of this unique fruit they hauled back over the Appalachians to their shop in Philly.
  • Green Aisle Grocery
    —Cocktail aficionados love them for their mixers. Foodies love the innovative take on local produce, pickling, preserving. If you haven’t checked out their table, you don’t know what you’re missing.
  • Indogrow Microgreens
    — They’re a farm! In a house! In Cherry Hill! Come experience the intense flavors of these tiny, nutrient-rich wonders (between sprouts and baby greens)!

Salsa Contest Recap

2018 Salsa Contest

DENINE GORNIAK’S PHOTOS FROM THE 3RD ANNUAL SALSA CONTEST

Contest Photos and Results. We are truly blessed to have a salsa-and/or-pie judge who is also a photographer, food writer, and expert chronicler of our contest events.  Denine Gorniak (the bicycle-chef) tasted all the salsas in our 3rd Annual Salsa Making Contest, took judicious notes, photographed the salsas and the contest winners, and posted the results of all that effort HERE. Our contestants made good use of Jersey Fresh produce in their award-winning entries, not just red and green tomatoes, but also jalapenos, blueberries, and early peaches. At the link, you’ll find descriptions of the winning salsas, photos of the winning chefs, and tips from Denine about practicing your own salsa skills in preparation for next year’s contest.

 


Official Market Bloggers

Susan Mauer Lynch
Romanesco and Mexican Zucchini

Romanescu

Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Ever wondered what to do with that vegetable that looks like calculus? It’s an ancient broccoli/cauliflower crossover called Romanesco, and our intrepid food experimenter Susan Mauer Lynch will tell you how to prepare it, and also gray zucchini, if you’re ready to take a risk. She got both last week at the Springdale Farms table. For good measure, you can follow this other link to a blueberry crumb bar recipe provided by Susan’s daughter Liz. Blueberries are plentiful at the Market right now, available at no fewer eight vendors’ tables.

Stef Perna
Kale and Crispy Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Kale

STEF PERNA’S KALE SALAD WITH CRISP CHICKPEAS

Stef Perna (treatbelly). Stef says she’s keeping it simple, so we’re surprised to see how gorgeous and elegant these dishes turned out. She paired dino kale from Flaim Farms and garlic from Savoie Organic Farm to dress her kale salad enhanced with chickpeas coated with smoked paprika. In the same post, you’ll find help for making a corn crema for pasta that featured sweet Jersey corn, yellow onions, and scallions, all from the Flaim Farms table. We can’t show everything here, so get yourself to Stef’s blog for the rest.

Sarah Licata
Grilled Beet Salad

Beet Salad

SARAH LICATA’S GRILLED BEET SALAD

Sarah Licata (Salt Jar). Sarah found beautiful beets at Formisano Farms table along with some scallions and zucchini, and, not knowing what to do with them, adapted a recipe for an appetizer she had previously enjoyed that enhanced beets with other flavors. She grilled the beets over indirect heat (instead of heating the oven and thereby the kitchen), added grapefruit sections and goat cheese, some pistachios, a bit of basil, and found religion. Follow the steps yourself at Sarah’s blog.


For the Animal Lovers
The Animal Adoption Center

Erica

ADOPTABLE POINTER MIX ERICA

IN THE DOG TENT
The Animal Adoption Center

The wonderful people of the Animal Adoption Center will be staffing the Dog Tent for us this week, sharing stories of rescuing needy animals at extreme expense. They’ll distribute the essential Official Market leash to your 4-legged companions, and introduce you to adoption possibilities. Personally, we’re hoping to meet Erica, an energetic 2-year-old pointer mix who would make a great jogging or hiking partner and would be good with children over 6 years old.

 


Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUL 14

TrioNovaHackbeats

TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES.

EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Trio Nova Duo.
Pete Devine and Michael Vogelmann are the duo that makes enough music to call itself a trio. We do wonder if there was ever a Quartet Nova Trio. Either way, you’ll love the smooth jazz favorites and tuneful interpretations of pop classics.

WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. The Unstoppable Hackbeats. Full-time journalist and weekend ska master Matt Skoufalos heads up this popular rock outfit whose exact makeup is changeable but whose talent and enthusiasm are, well, shall we say unstoppable.


For the Art Lovers

Earring Cards

SILVER SPIRIT EARRINGS ON ABSTRACT ART CARD

Silver Spirit Design. Sterling Silver Earrings. Noah and Marlene Rosen are the sole designers of these handmade custom-designed .925 Sterling Silver Earrings. Each piece is unique and one of a kind, some with semi-precious stones, and some with only hand cut Sterling Silver. Each purchase includes signed Original Acrylic Abstract Art as earring cards, making for a “perfect mix” to treat yourself or as a gift. See for yourself in Space 24.

http://www.silverspiritdesign.com 


Market Partners

Refugees

INTERNATIONAL REFUGEES AT A SAY IT WITH CLAY EVENT

Several Collingswood businesses and loyal Market partners will participate in our weekly celebration of all things good and local.

Market Sponsor LOURDES WELLNESS will be back to conduct their monthly BUY 2 GIVE 1 food drive to benefit our food-vulnerable neighbors.

Collingswood BID members OCCASIONETTE and KRISTIN DE EUGENIO will set up in the Collingswood section to introduce their businesses to all who attend.

LOURDES WHOLISTIC INSTITUTE with student massage therapists to provide their popular chair massages.

And Collingswood’s most acclaimed art therapy nonprofit SAY IT WITH CLAY will give kids a chance to get their fingers busy making something out of nothing.


Small Bills and a Bathroom Key

Many of you know, but for those of you who don’t, I carry small bills for vendors who run out of singles during the Market day. For guest vendors who might not be aware, I also have a key to Perkins Art Center, a Market sponsor, the primary benefit of which, for our vendors is INDOOR PLUMBING!

Man holding tiny dollar bills


VENDOR PARKING PERMITS

It’s good business to save the best parking spaces for SHOPPERS! Most visitors will tell you it’s tough to find parking at the Market. We make things worse by parking our own vehicles in spaces that could be used and re-used many times by shoppers. Please encourage your table crew to park for free in the Lumberyard Parking Garage (just across Collings Avenue from the west entrance). There are plenty of spaces inside, and the walk back to the Market takes 3 minutes.


Flexible Site Plan

Changes will continue to occur throughout the season as vendors come and go and as we learn more about how neighbors interact. I remind you no spaces are ever guaranteed and require your cooperation if I have to move your location any given week.

Market DirectorTHANK YOU
David Hodges, Market Director
Home Office (856) 854-8385
Market Day Cell Phone (856) 979-6653

 

Collingswood SAT JUL 07

It’s Gonna Feel Chilly.

Starts in the 60s, ends in the 70s. After a week of 90-plus, a Saturday of sunny skies and cool temperatures is just what we all need to get into a veggie-buying mood.

CowsInSun


Official Forecast

Here’s the chart from Weather.com

Weather JUL 07


Siteplan for SAT JUL 07

Collingswood Food Business Area: The color coding identifies new Market areas. At “the top” of the plan—the west end, on the Collings Avenue side of the Market—we’ve created space for Collingswood food businesses. Amber Grain Bakery has joined Sara’s Produce, Villa Barone Restaurant, and the new Revelation Cafe (a combination effort between Revolution Roasters and The Constellation Collective).

THE MEAT MARKET: At the “other end” of the plan—the east end at Perkins Art Center—we’ve collected farms that raise livestock, including heritage beef and pork, yak and alpacas, chickens for their meat and eggs, and bison. 


SITEMAP JUL 07


Collingswood Foods SAT JUL 07

Collingswood Section. To emphasize our own community’s food economy, at the west end of the Market, Collingswood food businesses have their own new section to promote their contributions to the Borough’s vibrant food scene.

 

Scrumptious

REVELATION CAFÉ! Local food heroes Revolution Roasters and the Constellation Collective have teamed up to form a new food-and-beverage café at the west end of the Market. Pull up a chair in their seating area and enjoy locally-roasted coffee and breakfast treats from the Garden State Culinary Arts just-named “Rising Star Chef” Valentina Fortuna.

For a video scan of the amazing array of goods you would have seen on the Amber Grain Bakery table last week, follow this link. The variety gets better every week, so don’t miss the table on SAT JUL 07.

Villa Barone features their familiar favorite sauces, oils, and olives, tasty zeppolis, and sometimes their own fresh mozzarella.

Sara’s Produce, by special arrangement, is the one source for produce NOT grown in New Jersey. They are mandated to bring us the “exotics” so our shoppers won’t need to go to the supermarket for an avocado to add to Tasty Temptations’ new quesadilla recipe.


Guest Vendors and Special Products
SAT JUL 07

Catch them while they’re here!

Crepe

CHARLIE’S CREPES (PHOTO BY SARAH LICATA)

  • Charlie’s Crepes
    —For a profile of Charlie’s Crepes by Official Market Blogger Sarah Licata (SaltJar), follow this link. Charlie’s menu changes every week to include seasonal ingredients from our own Market vendors.
  • Cheese Etc
    — Gina is forever working to incorporate more local ingredients in her cheese spreads. Expect new berry varieties this week.
  • Inspired Brews Kombucha
    —Nobody does a better job of patronizing local farms to flavor their fermented tea beverages than Inspired Brews. Bring your growler, or ask for a sample pour.
  • Green Plate Cold-Pressed Juices
    — They bring more Jersey Fresh juices every week and sell out every time. Ask for a sample and see why they’re gaining more fans every time they attend.
  • Blueberry Fields Artisan Soaps
    —One of just a few times this season you can choose your favorite of Carol Steinhauser’s handmade soaps.
  • Brookeberry Farms Organic Berries
    — Their season is short and impactful. Get to the stand early before their berries of many varieties sell out.
  • Woof and Whiskers Pet Biscuits
    — You couldn’t ask for a more wholesome recipe than W and W provides in these tasty treats. Bring your pet to the table for a sample.

Official Market Bloggers

Tasty Temptations
Market Finds Week 08

Week 8 Market Finds

Tasty Temptations. Our anonymous Official Market Blogger shopped the Market on that cool gray SAT JUN 23, also known as Week 8. She bought chicken, bacon, and eggs from Naturesown Farm and bratwurst to use for jambalaya. Then some beautiful zucchini from Fruitwood, and green beans from Springdale for Mom’s Veggie Pot. Of course, she sampled several items from the Savoie Organic Farm, and a Buttermilk Cinnamon Muffin from Constellation Collective that never made it home. Check out the Tasty Temptations post at this link. https://www.facebook.com/JSOcooks/posts/2238633286152312

Collards

Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Susan put together a beautiful Market meal that features collard greens and spring onion she purchased from Muth Organic Farm. In her post, she shares the technique for getting collards to the table in 35 minutes (they don’t have to take all day!). Also featured on the plate are pork ribs from Hillacres Pride; sweet corn and tomatoes from AT Buzby; Muth’s yellow zucchini; and cole slaw made from Muth Organic Farm’s cabbage. Check out the mouth-watering photos at Susan’s blog.

https://yellowroomupstairs.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/quick-collard-greens/

Jambalaya

Tasty Temptations. As promised elsewhere, our anonymous Market wanderer and advocate produced one of Mister Tasty’s favorite meals from bratwurst provided by Scott Rowe of Naturesown Farm. She followed a favorite recipe from @landolakesktchn cookbook, substituting the bratwurst for the store-bought kielbasa she usually uses. For photos, follow the link to TT’s facebook post. To sample the dish after the flavors have had time to meld, you’ll have to wrangle an invitation to the Tasty home.

https://www.facebook.com/JSOcooks/posts/2246068458742128


For the Animal Lovers
NJ Aid for Animals

Dining Stars

IN THE DOG TENT
New Jersey Aid for Animals (NJAFA).

Come pick up your Official Market Leash this Saturday at the Dog Tent in the middle of the Market. It’s good for the whole season. In fact, it’s good for as long as we have an Official Market Leash program!

This week, the year-round sponsors of the Dog Tent, the good people of NJ Aid for Animals will be staffing the tent, explaining the Dog Behavior Guidelines, and handling the leashes.

NJ Aid for Animals was established in 2005 and has been saving animals particularly from Camden for thirteen years. All volunteers with no government funding, NJAFA relies strictly on the generosity of the public. Follow this link to their fabulous “Evening Under the Stars” fundraiser coming up in September.


Live Music on Two Stages!
SAT JUL 07

TurnpikeDaveKelly

TWO OUTSTANDING MARKET FAVORITES.

WEST STAGE UNDER PATCO. Lonesome Turnpike Ramblers. New to the Market last season, this good-time band blends expert musicianship and an appreciation for bluegrass traditions.

EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Returning this week for a repeat engagement is Market favorite Dave Kelly, coaxing music out of a wide variety of stringed things. Dave’s wide and intriguing repertoire covers everything from Nirvana and Leadbelly to the Mister Softee theme.


For the Art Lovers

Tree

KATHERINE CHEETHAM. Art Glass. Katherine Cheetham Glass is best known for multilayered fused glass panels typically depicting trees, flowers and landscapes. She also makes flame-worked pendants and ornaments along with fused ornaments, plates and bowls. Her work is perfect for wedding, office, birthday and holiday gifts. We set her up in a sunny spot so you can see the panels catch the light. See for yourself in Space 24.

www.etsy.com/shop/creativelyobsessed


Confirmed for SAT JUL 07

Corn Truck

ECKERTS CORN TRUCK. We’ve already seen fresh sweet Jersey corn at Springdale Farms, at AT Buzby Farm, at Fruitwood Farm, and at Les Viereck’s table, so surely the Eckert Corn Truck cannot be far behind. Prospects are good that the truck will make its first appearance of the season at the west end of the Market this SAT JUL 07. Fireworks, anyone?


Salsa Contest

Salsa Contest 2018

THIRD ANNUAL SALSA CONTEST. Our salsa contest is all about the Jersey Fresh. Whether you make the classic red salsa with tomatoes, onions and peppers; or the Salsa Verde with tomatillos; or you express your inner Latin chef with a fruit variation; your recipe should reflect the best of what the local growing season has to offer. Pre-registration is required for all entries. Prizes are awarded in “Market Cash” redeemable at any Market vendor.

Here’s the link.


Small Bills and a Bathroom Key

Many of you know, but for those of you who don’t, I carry small bills for vendors who run out of singles during the Market day. For guest vendors who might not be aware, I also have a key to Perkins Art Center, a Market sponsor, the primary benefit of which, for our vendors is INDOOR PLUMBING!

Man holding tiny dollar bills


VENDOR PARKING PERMITS

It’s good business to save the best parking spaces for SHOPPERS! Most visitors will tell you it’s tough to find parking at the Market. We make things worse by parking our own vehicles in spaces that could be used and re-used many times by shoppers. Please encourage your table crew to park for free in the Lumberyard Parking Garage (just across Collings Avenue from the west entrance). There are plenty of spaces inside, and the walk back to the Market takes 3 minutes.


Flexible Site Plan

Changes will continue to occur throughout the season as vendors come and go and as we learn more about how neighbors interact. I remind you no spaces are ever guaranteed and require your cooperation if I have to move your location any given week.

Market DirectorTHANK YOU
David Hodges, Market Director
Home Office (856) 854-8385
Market Day Cell Phone (856) 979-6653